Formed in 2004, the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance (GMHA) is a 3,000 member coalition that advocates for better mental health care for the rapidly growing population of older Americans. The Alliance also provides public education, training and technical assistance to various mental health providers and social service systems, and strives to expand the number of people served and training providers to meet the unique needs of older adults.
The Alliance successfully advocated for the NYS Geriatric Mental Health Act, the first of its kind in the nation. This Act laid the groundwork for systems change by establishing a state planning council and providing funding for innovative programs. While the Alliance works primarily in New York State, it also offers training and technical assistance in geriatric mental health service, funding, and advocacy nationwide.